Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Nov. 10

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

The Brandon Wheat Kings enter the week riding a season high 6-game win streak and sitting atop the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference with an impressive record of 16-3-1.

After going 6-1-0 on their longest road trip of the season, which wrapped up last weekend with a 4-0 shutout in Medicine Hat, the Wheat Kings won back to back games on home ice this past weekend and won’t play again until next weekend when they host Seattle and the Tigers on consecutive nights.

With the first two games of the club’s current 4-game home stand in the books, local attention can now be focused on Tuesday’s International game at Westman Place. Team WHL will face off against Team Russia in game 2 of this year’s 6-game SUBWAY SUPER SERIES. Three members of the Wheat Kings – John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk and Ivan Provorov will take to the ice for the 6pm start on Remembrance Day.

BWK Nov.10

                        The Brandon Wheat Kings lead the Western Hockey League’s                          Eastern Conference with a record of 16-3-1.

As of Saturday, 3,700 tickets had been sold for the game. Tickets are back on sale this morning at the Keystone Centre box office and will be open Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the game. Western Manitoba hockey fans can also order online at or by calling (204) 726-3555.


Friday, November 14th vs. Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 15th vs. Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:30pm
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT – in support of United Way of Brandon & District

Tickets to both games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at


Monday, November 10th @ 1:45pm (Kinsmen Arena)
Wednesday, November 12th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, November 13th @ 1:45pm


Monday, November 10th @ Alexander School – CIBC Read to Succeed Program
Thursday, November 13th @ New Era School – MPI/Brandon Sun School Patrol Luncheon
Thursday, November 13th @ Souris – Minor Hockey Caravan visit #2 (presented by CARM, Canadian Tire)


Brandon’s first round selection in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Rihards Bukarts currently leads the Wheat Kings in scoring this season with ten goals and 27 points in seventeen games. Of his ten goals, four came on the powerplay and two were game winners. For this he was named winner of the Wheat Kings IMPACT Player of the Month Award for September / October, presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

Twenty-five of those points came in fifteen games as he was instrumental in leading Brandon to first place in the Eastern Conference.

“I think that every single hockey player, when he has confidence, he can make big things and I think that’s all about me,” Bukarts recently told CKLQ’s Bruce Luebke. “I’m getting in the zone every time and it kinds of works…I’m  feeling confident, I can make real big things when I’m feeling confident.”


With three imports on the roster to begin last week, Brandon coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon had no choice but to move right-winger Richard Nejezchleb to the Tri-City Americans. In exchange, Brandon receives two third round bantam draft picks – in 2015 and 2017. A fifth round draft choice of the NHL’s New York Rangers, the Czech Republic product led Brandon with 32 goals during the 2013-14 campaign.


The Wheat Kings, in association with the Canadian Hockey League has announced the launch of the fourth season of a league-wide initiative to help change the face of men’s health in Movember. During this month, the Movember campaign challenges men to grow moustaches to spark conversation and raise vital funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Last season the Wheat Kings and 38 other clubs, consisting of 663 registered members raised over $157,000 and ranked 12th among all registered Canadian networks.  The CHL helped contribute to the over $33 million raised by participants across Canada and the $105 million raised worldwide.  The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health and has raised $574 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries.

In addition to the online donations, the Wheat Kings and Applebee’s will host the annual Movember Tip a Wheat King Night on Wednesday, November 26th from 4-8pm. All tips received by the Wheat Kings, who will be turning in their hockey sticks for dinner plates and glasses, will support the CHL program.

Visit and search Canadian Hockey League and find your favourite team under the Network Leaderboard on the right hand side of the screen.

BRANDON BITS:  Bukarts continues to lead the Wheat Kings in scoring with ten goals and 28 points in eighteen games … Hawryluk’s 12 goals tops all Brandon skaters … Netminder Jordan Papirny has compiled a 2.63 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in seventeen appearances … Brandon’s active career leaders are Eric Roy (270 games played, 188 assists and 162 points), Hawryluk (54 goals) and Macoy Erkamps (230 penalty minutes).

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